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Name:Manod Mawr
Hill number:2068
Height:661m / 2169ft
RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Moelwyns
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Glaslyn
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,Cm)
Grid ref:SH 72442 44667
Summit feature:boulder with shelter
Drop:266m
Col:395m  SH797413  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
Observations:this feature is 50m E of trig point base in shelter
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 337 users)ByDate of Ascent
From Blaenau Ffestiniog taking in Moel Penamnen,Foel-Fras, Manod Mawr North Top & Manod Mawr. Beautiful clear winter day with a hoar frost, blue skies and extensive views. Difficult to navigate, finished in darkness with head torches.Lazylizzie30/11/2019
From N Top with big diversion around quarry to east.Jim T17/09/2019
From the car-park at SH708443. Manod Bach, Monad Mawr, Foel Fras, Moel Penamnen, Moel FarlwydGeoff Briggs18/08/2019
From the railway station via Bethania and the Llyn. Then on to the North Top via East of Graig-Ddu quarry.NormanW16/07/2019
from Bethania, Blaenau Ffestiniog, via old inclines and east ridge.IanHHill27/05/2019
Nuttall walkDan Baddeley20/04/2019
Hazy sun and light breeze, working quarry to the immediate north.vegibagger17/04/2019
Fron Cae Clyd, path then miners track to higher ground.N.Morters08/04/2019
From CP at Cae Clyd (SH7077444321). Path, track then pathless.ger25/02/2019
From Cae CP, up to road end then path through numerous stone wall gates and traversing up west face to NW ridge.Topographer5713/09/2018
With Val. Showers. From car park ay Cae Clyd. Followed path to Llyn y Manod then track climbing diagonally across hillside to old quarries. Up to summit from the north. Very interesting views of all the slate quarries. An enjoyable walk.mike.hoult10/08/2018
From Cae Clyd car park. Manod Mawr, Manod Mawr north top and Manod Bach. Beautiful dayAlunrees3325/03/2018
great views. be careful of the quarryAristotle Chip12/01/2018
A great walk from Cae Clyd car park. At Bron Manod, I eschewed the footpath in favour of the track leading up and over a bridge to some stone sheds, then followed nice dry ATV tracks across the fields, hopping over gates and then a last openable gate out onto the open hill. Up alongside a BWF, which I climbed on the way up, but there's a gate closer to Llyn y Manod, and a dry track linking to the nice track slanting up the hillside. Up a nice wide ridge onto the summit plateau, and an easy stroll thereafter to the top. Nice soft snow to make the climb most enjoyable. Good views.Gill26/11/2017
From north top descending to quarry road and then east to disused tip and sw to summit. Too much activity in the quarry to risk a short cut.jrj26/09/2017
THERE IS NO PARKING BEYOND THE BIG CAR PARK AT CAE CLYD, so park here, and avoid a twenty bzillion point turn near the end of the track. Public FPs to Llyn y Manod, then lovely diagonal track up and round hill to quarry due N of summit. S, steep at first then easier to summit. Low cloud so saw nothing. Onward to the north top.Minto11/06/2017
With CH, KF, MH, in thick mist. Easy to park where the inclines come down in Bethania. Followed the fascinating inclines up to Graig-ddu Quarry, then things got interesting. Tried to find the track that emerges from the SW edge of the quarry, but the track we were on swung right round to a bulldozed junction near Llyn Pysgod. Eventually a phone GPS saved the day giving us a relatively straightforward bearing to the summit. Then tried to come straight down the W slope to the lake path. Not recommended - steep, rocky, laborious!Mark Jackson30/05/2017
From Cae Clyd car parkJamesD197222/05/2017
Nuttalls walk 5.4 with Frank.Crib Goch09/04/2017
With Martin Roberts from Blaenau Ffestiniog taking in Moel Penamnen, Manod Mawr North Top & Manod Mawr. Rather grey overcast day.knarf09/04/2017
Lovely weather. Great views. Trying to complete all Nuttalls. Now only one left after this ascent - Garreg Lwydjohnjennison02/10/2016
Up incline from Bethania in hot weather.Wycombe Wanderer17/09/2016
From car park at Cae Clyd. RoWs to about 200m S of Llyn y Manod, before cutting E to well camouflaged sheep fold. Straight up hill from there, roughly following line of quartz. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/manod-fawr-and-moel-siabod.htmlGayle15/08/2016
I parked at the quarry car park and used the footpath that starts behind the nearest machine shed on the right. Easy 4 pointer for SOTAM0YDH27/05/2016
Nuttall walk - getting round the quarry was a bit confusingRuth07/05/2016
Parked in large car park on minor road at Cae Clyd (70768 44324) Took ROW to Llyn y Manod, then miner's track to approach summit from the North.tim74723/02/2016
Nuttall walk 5.4: Moel Penamnen - Foel-fras - Manod Mawr North Top - Manod Mawr subsidiary top - Manod Mawrronaldo33320/02/2016
with roger and ronnie weather was awfulDarren-44320/02/2016
Continuation of walk from Manod Bach. Descended steeply to Llyn y Manod, then very abruptly up west face of Manod Mawr, making use of a wide gully, and so onto plateau. Visited summit and trig point. Walk continued to the north top. With DM.Man of Kernow114/02/2016
Quickly up and down from bethania in wet and misty weather.jenx14/11/2015
With Jenx from Bethania using lane to GR708456. Room for a car or two. Used old miners path up the the Level and used this to gain old workings area at 410m. Then direct line up ridge in a compass bearing through the clag to summit. Back inside two hours.nordicstar14/11/2015
Manod Bach, Manod Mawr and Manod North Top (last two with Bev).simon and co04/09/2015
Nuttall walk 5.4, dry bright day, Solo.Lou07/09/2014
From Blaenau Ffestiniog, a round of Manod Bach, Manod Mawr, NT, Foel-fras, Moel Penamnen, Moel Farlwyd and Moel Dyrnogydd.rhalstead21/03/2014
Very dry all day. Unusual for this area especially December.bolton10/12/2013
CJM10/12/2013
Great walk up to this one from Cwm Penmachno 12 miles in total all weathers including horizontal hail at the summint. Amazing view, loved it. Remains only but still great hill. Images to follow.griefmiester14/11/2013
Clockwise circular round from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Garreg Ddu - Moel Farlwyd - Moel Penamnen - Foel Fras - Manod Mawr North Top - Manod Mawr - Manod Bach. The extremely large building in Maen-offeren Quarries is well worth a peek inside. It's like an industrial museum. The descent off Manod Mawr to the northern tip of Llyn y Manod is fairly ghastly!David Gradwell11/08/2013
SO MUCH FINE WEATHER AT BALA THAT HAD TIME TO DO ONE OF THE LLANRWST BASED WALKS, NUTTALLS WALK 5.4. DROVE TO BLAENAU FFESTINIOG AND WALKED UP THROUGH QUARRY. JOYCE TURNED BACK AT THE TOP AS MOORLAND CROSSING LOOKED PATHLESS AND BORING - WHICH IT WAS. EASY ASCENT OF MOEL PENAMNEN, THEN LONG AND BOGGY CROSSING TO MANOD MAWR N. TOP AND ROUND QUARRY TO MANOD MAWR. COULD'T FIND ROUTE OFF INCLINE SO HAD LONG WALK BACK THROUGH VILLAGE.BURGESS11/08/2013
As part of a circular walk of Moel Farlwyd, Moel Penamnen, Foel Fras. Manod Mawr North Top, Manod Mawr and Manod Bach.JohnStoneham04/06/2013
A bold brute of a mountain. Quite a slog up from Bethania. Visited North Top first then plodded up here. Phenomenal views and the steep slopes accentuate the height.Jake99423/09/2012
Easy walk from North Top through slate quarry (ok round it)clivevilla26/08/2012
5th of 6 hills in this walk. More splendid views and an exhilirating look into a very large hole on the way over from the north top.Herbert Anchovy29/05/2012
From Blaenau Ffestiniog.Marshsand22/04/2012
Last hill of the day trigpoint on the top. A nice easy hill to get up from the quarry.Nice weather too with good views,Completed with Aly & Mutts.Mc Tango01/04/2012
walked with N top from BlaenauRekrab05/01/2012
I got well and truly frozen on the way down by a heavy hail shower. A toughie to finish the year on.Alex C29/12/2011
Blaenau Ffestiniog skyline from Manod Bach to Craig Nyth-y-Gigfran.davidpettit8413/11/2011
Second day of CUHWC Caseg Fraith Trip. With DP. Entire Blaneau skyline from Manod Bach to Craig Nyth-y-Gigfran. Fantastic and interesting walk in excellent weather!AGWilliamson13/11/2011
Car park in centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog - Maen Offeren Quarries (disused) - Moel Penamnen - Menod Mawr North Top - Menod Mawr - Blaenau Ffestiniog. (JL)gerrybowes02/03/2011
Following Nuttall walk 5.4. A very interesting top, cairns everywhere, lovely views south the view north not so good as you see the poor old north top looking very sorry, easy walk down along the very long incline best to carry on down into Blaenau.SteveClay26/02/2011
As Nuttall walk 5.4. Do it before its quarried away. After jumping over a gate on the descent to BF we were interviewed by a farmer who didn't understand the concept of open access. However after a chat it turned out that he has problems with people driving up on to the moors and supergluing his gate padlocks. After a discussion on the price of lambs we parted best mates.mindlessflogger03/01/2011
Start/finish: Blaenau Ffestiniog Distance covered: 7.8 miles Weather: Miserable clag and wind Camp: N/A Extras: Walked with Arenig, Peakbagger, RamblingPete, Yamyam, HowieWillowisp17/11/2010
climbed as part of route 5.4, last welsh peaks to bag, only took 10 yearsdianepick25/10/2010
In mist until coming off Moel Penamnen getting round in 4 hrs 35 min. Navigation was very strange and Google Earth revealed the extent to which the quarry has grown since the maps were surveyed. Good day - shame about the weather. Anti-clockwise circuit.SS10/10/2010
Last peak of the day. Awesome walk out down two inclines and through an old quarry.huwthomas27/09/2010
With Tony and DevonStuart Hyde18/07/2009
Not real date - no log kept. Moel Penamnen, Manod Mawr (and north top)ijpowell10/07/2009
Walked though the quarry to the north east which was quiet on a Sunday. Epic views from up here even though its not one of the highest.Father Ted28/06/2009
From Blaenau, up through quarry workings, lake, slopes to N Top, then round to summit. Old trig base inside stone walled shelter.Aye Jimmy01/06/2009
From car in Blaenau Festiniog (10:00), along road past Cae Clyd, through fields and NW up stream to lake. Up v steep stony slopes in mist and rain to top. Down by same route; car 12:20 dbb30/03/2009
From Blaenau Ffestiniog we headed south and then up northwards to the side of Manod Mawr - then from the quarry we headed to the summit. The top gave good views of the slate quarries and the levels.ChinnockC26/05/2008
Mainly cloudy, little sun, occasional showers. Quite windy on the tops. Bogs and also high heather at some sections slowed us downjoseph mitchell25/09/2007
Stone shelter around base of former trig pillarwebmaster29/08/2007
ghis's first welsh tripgeoffreybbb05/04/2007
from cwm penmachno, walked through the quarry on a day off, so no dumper trucks to mow me down.stig_nest16/03/2007
trig gone - first of seven moelwyn summits - improving views as I ascended from the unpretty bl FFgigglejon14/02/2007
Short morning stroll from SH708443. Paths take you up to above Llyn y Manod. Then struck out for top. Returned through mining works to N back to Llyn.robphys29/10/2006
SOTA activationIan G7KXV21/10/2006
KeithByTheC06/05/2006
Wild Camping Trip richardsun29/04/2006
tua dyddiad ymawillias10/06/2005
estimated 1st ascent above, though month and year are probably correct. Walked from Cae Clyd, Manod, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Llyn Manod and followed Allt y Ceffylau track rising W slope of Manod Mawr (E side of lake) to Graig-ddu quarry, then turn S and ascend to summit. Very rocky, volcanic summit plateau. Dramatic views of Moelwyns, Rhinogs, Snowdon and Crin Goch, Glyderau and Carneddau etc. Summit cairn and shelter, and 3 other cairns on W sub-plateau. Countless ascents since, as it is a local mountain, from Cwm Teigl to Llyn Manod, from Bwlch quarry, and up incline from Manod, Blarnau Ffestiniog.Dewi Prysor09/09/2003
The route from the North Top circled round Graig-ddu Quarry, which still works and normally does so on Saturdays, but this was Easter. There was no path to the top of Manod Mawr but the route was easy enough, hindered only by a wind so strong I could barely stand, and I hurried away, down an incline and back into the town.peter4lc19/04/2003
Another trip back from US. Lovely walk above Blaenau.ruthatlast29/03/2003
With: hb sb ab; We parked by the road in Bethania and followed the track NE up towards the quarry. We then took the NW ridge of Manod Mawr to the trigpoint. On our way down we carefully crossed over to the N top and came off W side to Llyn du-bach.Ian Baines11/02/2002
With: ib sb ab; Helen Baines11/02/2002
Round of Manod Mawr, North Top and Moel Penamnen from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Easy Gradients.Eddie13/11/2001
From Bethania. Solo.Man of Kernow126/08/2001
Start ~ 702459, Main Car Park Blaenau Ffestiniog. Followed road /track up toward Maen Offeren quarry then took RoW up old rail incline before passing to the West of Llyn Newydd to Ascend Moel Penamnen. Then followed broad grassy ridge to Foel-fras before heading South for a direct ascent of Manod Mawr N Top. WARNING !! From there had to head due East to avoid the quarry workings and a huge drop before taking a quarry track round the edge of the site to Manod Mawr summit. Returned through quarry levels and rail inclines to Bethania and a walk back up the main road. With Ron Oakley.steve hudson16/02/2001
Galltywenallt16/01/2000
Solo run. Last of three misty tops this morning.mikejacobs19/09/1998
Dolwyddelan to Bleanau Ffestiniog over the hills. From Moel Penamnen and Foel Fras, over Manod Mawr N top. Please check if this walk still goes- MM N top was on the edge of a working quarry in 1998. Memories were Manod Mawr itself a grassy,lumpy dome, a boisterous, friendly hunt above Cwm Penmachno, fabulous views of the Moelwyns, missing the bus at Manod but easy enough paths to follow back to Bleanau to catch a train back.pwheeler24/01/1998
GGIdris25/05/1997
Another where the trig was still there on my first visit but not the most recentRhayader_wander03/08/1991
From the Crimia Pass a great bagging run linking tops first around and then back through the decaying /collapsing, fascinating old slate quarries.Chris Pearson30/09/1990
petey01/01/1990
Date unknown (pre 1997). brilliant. B4407 746425, thru to Penmachno RHW01/01/1990
First and only ascent up until now! (03/08/2013)thenomad12/11/1987
From B Ffestiniog. On footpath over rusted railway and to farm and paths through sheep and lambs over swamp and 2 gates to Llyn y Manod. Mine road up zig sagging to quarry workings then over grass to top at 16.00. to M M north.arranc09/04/1985
From Blaenau F on round of Manod Mawr South and North tops and Moel PenamnenPeterD21/02/1985
Summer 1971. Date not recorded.glbrookes01/08/1971
On a circuit grabbing Nuttals from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Early 1990s?summitsupblank
Climbed it naked - that had you worried didnt it :) Not really , I wore walking boots and a leather thongGayFinderblank
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